We had a great day together last Sunday. Ali is busy preparing for upcoming concerts and musical events in Carlow all through May, so quality time together is a rarity at the minute. After outings to the Made By Market in Kildare Town and Killinthomas Wood in Rathangan for Bluebells and Buskers (blog post here), we were starving and decided that a drive to Kill was in order for dinner at The Dew Drop. Ali had recently been there for dinner with a friend and was mad to go back! I actually reviewed The Dew Drop 18 months ago and although I rarely do a second review, I thought it necessary here as the food quality has changed substantially.
The Dew Drop is situated in the centre of Kill Village, just off the N7 and only 20 minutes from Dublin. There is ample parking at the side of the restaurant and an adjoining bar for those who want a few drinks without food. The restaurant is warm, inviting and cosy, with an open fire at one end and a bar at the other. We arrived without booking – there were no tables available, so we were asked if we’d like to eat at the bar. No problem! The bar itself is well stocked with craft beers (including Trouble Brewing from Kill) and if I wasn’t driving, I would certainly have tried some. The Sunday lunch menu is well considered and has plenty of choices to keep even the fussiest eaters happy. We decided to go straight for main courses, I went for the Pigs on the Green Pork Shoulder while Ali ordered the Steak on the Stone.
A note about my previous review: 18 months ago I liked The Dew Drop. I didn’t love it; I found it to be a little pretentious for the flavours on offer. The food was beautifully presented but lacked any real substance. Today the restaurant has retained its wonderful presentation and backed it up with serious flavour. My pork shoulder was really delicious – slow roasted, pulled, seasoned and rolled, it’s probably the best pork dish I’ve eaten. What impressed me more was the fact that it was Pigs on the Green free-range pork. Those who know me, know I’m very fussy on pork and will only eat it if it’s free-range. Consequently, I rarely eat pork outside of my own home! Although it didn’t say free-range on the menu, I know Fergus only produces free-range pork and bacon (Fergus was my supplier of pork for my Italian Supper Club last year). Hint for The Dew Drop: Add the words free-range to the menu! Let people know! The only mark down on the main was for the gravy. Although it was big, bold, full of flavour and seasoned expertly, it was a little too sweet. Ali loved her fillet steak and got to cook it exactly as she likes, I had a quick taste while it was still rare and it was delicious. Her steak came with all the sides – mushrooms, chips, crispy onion rings and a fantastic peppercorn sauce.
We hadn’t planned on having dessert. We had already eaten a mountain of goodies that afternoon but sure it’s the weekend! I had the Selection of Farmhouse Ice-Creams while Ali chose a favourite dish of hers, the White Chocolate and Peach Creme Brulee. The ice-creams were creamy, smooth and delicious and Ali’s creme brulee was outstanding, the stuff of dreams. We skipped having tea and coffee as we had to get home to our animals, but we left happy with content bellies and taste buds hopping – that’s all you can ask for really.
The Dew Drop provides a great value meal when the quality of ingredients and produce on offer is taken into consideration. There will always be cheaper places to eat but none (or very few at least) will offer food this good. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will certainly be returning.